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Species Agonopterix pulvipennella - Hodges#0867

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Depressariidae
Subfamily Depressariinae
Genus Agonopterix
Species pulvipennella (Agonopterix pulvipennella - Hodges#0867)
Hodges Number
0867
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Agonopterix pulvipennella (Clemens, 1864)
Depressaria pulvipennella Clemens, 1864
* Phylogenetic sequence #025125
Numbers
There are 49 described Agonopterix species found in America north of Mexico. Moth Photographers Group list
Size
Wingspan 16-21 mm.
Identification
Adult: forewing light tan, mottled with dark brown and grayish-brown; dark brown blotch near middle of wing, with white dot on lower edge, and dark diagonal dashes along upper edge next to costa; small pale patch represents orbicular spot; 3 or 4 dark oblong wedges represent subterminal line; terminal line a series of dark dots; hindwing grayish-brown.

Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD) from Mark Dreiling

Range
Quebec and New Brunswick to North Carolina, west to Colorado, north to Saskatchewan.
Bug Guide - range map with monthly record of photos submitted to the guide.
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with collection dates.
Season
Most records are from February through October.
Food
Larvae feed on leaves of goldenrod and nettle.
Life Cycle
One generation per year; overwinters as an adult.
See Also
Agonopterix atrodorsella forewing is pale brown with prominent streaking and high-contrast dark brown wedge along costa from PM line to apex.
Print References
Hodges, R. W., 1974. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 6.2, p. 26; pl. 1.26-29.(1)
Hodges, Ronald W. (ed.) 1983. Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico. (2)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - collection map and photos of pinned adults.
live adult images plus description, foodplants, flight season (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
pinned adult image by David Smith (John Snyder, Furman U., South Carolina)
presence in Michigan; PDF doc list (Mogens Nielsen, U. of Michigan)
presence in Illinois; list (Illinois State Museum)
presence in Kentucky; county map plus flight season and individual records (Jeffrey Marcus, Western Kentucky U.)
Works Cited
1.Semaeopus ella
2.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.